LINGUIST List 32.2550

Wed Aug 04 2021

Software: New Vocabulary Profiling Tool (FRA, DEU, SPA)

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 30-Jul-2021
From: Natalie Finlayson <>
Subject: New Vocabulary Profiling Tool (FRA, DEU, SPA)
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Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce the full launch of MultiLingProfiler, an online, open access vocabulary profiling tool for French, German and Spanish, developed at the University of York in partnership with Prof Laurence Anthony (Waseda University) and funded by the Department for Education.

Users can use the tool to:

- obtain text coverage information using lists of the 1,000 and 2,000 most frequent word families in French, German and Spanish
- add words and word families to embedded word lists using the 'add to list' function
- profile texts using bespoke word lists using the 'custom list' function
- obtain statistical information about coverage, including type/token ratio, using the information provided in the 'word statistics' and 'word family statistics' tables
- edit texts directly in the profiling window and copy the results into another program
- profile texts using word lists aligned with NCELP syllabi up to the end of Term 1 of Year 9 (teachers following the syllabi can use the tool to ascertain which words in a text have been taught at any given point in the school year).

In our next round of updates in September 2021, we will add the following features:

- option to profile texts using lists of the 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 most frequent words in each language
- downloadable, multi-level frequency-band profiles (CSV file).

MultiLingProfiler can be accessed at this link:
An video introducing MultiLingProfiler, including demos, can be found here:
A PowerPoint version of the video with transcript can be downloaded here:
For recent activity, follow our project Twitter account: MultiLingProf.

Please share with any colleagues in the MFL teaching, testing, materials or research spheres who may find this useful.

With best wishes,
Natalie Finlayson, Emma Marsden, Rachel Hawkes (University of York) and Laurence Anthony (Waseda University)

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Computational Linguistics
                            General Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                            German (deu)
                            Spanish (spa)

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